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Conservative blame the staffer redux in “Puffin-Gate”

So I see over at Warren K’s site that he’s been told by some media friends of his that Conservative spinners are trying to blame Puffin-Gate on some over-eager staffer, and they knew nothing about it?

Warren brings up the Stockwell Day Niagara Falls thing in 2000, but as I recall, they also tried doing that “blame the overzealous young staffers” in 2004 over the “Paul Martin supports child porn” news release. That sort of backfired though when Stephen Harper had a churlish angry news conference where he seemed to stand behind those claims/accusations. It hasn’t stopped them from trying the same excuse again though.

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A (typical) lack of class from the Conservative Party of Canada.

This sort of reminds me of the 1993 Progressive Conservative ad that distorted Chretien’s face, or the 2004 ad that proclaimed Paul Martin supported child pornography. Those instances were appalling, but this effort by the Conservatives comes close to those other 2 for most classless:

Stéphane Dion is dumping on Prime Minister Stephen Harper over a Conservative Internet spot that showed a puffin pooping on the Liberal leader’s shoulder. The image is no longer available on the website, but was captured by national television networks before it was altered.

The screenshot of the “puffin poop” can be seen at the link above. The Conservative war room apparently sensed they might get into trouble for this, but it was too late to be pulled before it nationally got displayed to Canada to remind everyone how classless this bunch really is. I figured that last weeks “warm and fuzzy” pre-election ads with Harper wouldn’t last very long, but the speed to which the Conservatives reverted to their past 2 years of negative form surprises even me.

There was a reason for all those warm and fuzzy ads last week – to try and show the “human” side of the PM. Stunts like the one this morning and the 6 am press conference yesterday releasing attack ads on the Liberals should remind people pretty quickly that the Conservatives are intent on fighting an American-style gutter-politics election – and they’ve been in that mode against Dion specifically for 2 years now. It disgusts me, but in a way, I’m glad they’re doing this now – because it reminds people of how juvenile the Conservative Party really is. Here’s hoping voters will reject this style of Karl Rove/Republican based gutter politics the Conservatives use and have used.

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